Chef Outreach Training
Our founder, Professor Lonnie G. Wright has extended HIT training into the community and created partnerships with many community agencies to offer a “hand up, not a handout” to people who need a second chance for success in life. His vision has reached students who are looking to enter the hospitality industry through the culinary doorway and HIT will soon expand to provide training in other areas including technology as well as the trades.
One group of people in desperate need of training are those in the correctional system. In the state of Nevada some 5,000 people move through the system each year. More than 90% of those incarcerated will be released and will return to the community. It is crucial to provide life skills and job training to help turn them from being wards of the state to taxpayers.
To that end, Professor Wright has established partnerships with the Department of Corrections that allow our programs to be taught inside the walls of correctional facilities. The result has been a myriad of parolees who have completed our program and enjoyed the success working in the food preparation industry. Many have moved into responsible positions and supervise other employees, manage food and liquor purchases, and establish a life that some thought they would never achieve. We have documented some of those success stories in this space and will continue to do so.
Let’s look at the other people who make these success stories possible. HIT employs chefs to train the students as well as experts from the field of Human Resources to demonstrate and teach not only food preparation skills, but appropriate behavior that lends itself to success in all human contact. Items such as arriving on time or earlier and staying later if required are discussed. How to address colleagues and clients, and general deportment and issues that can make the difference between success and failure in a business setting are included. Even the chefs and others who teach and tutor students are permitted to go into the correctional facilities they must successfully complete program training provided by the Department of Corrections. The half-day seminar covers training to help understand the population they are dealing with and helps the chefs and teachers to be most effective while teaching.
Given the qualifications and qualities of the founder and Executive Director, and the team he has assembled, Hospitality International Training Academy will continue to serve the needs of those who require a hand up, not a handout. Our motto is, “When academics interfaces with business, both entities are enriched.”